African Virtual University
The African Virtual University (AVU) www.avu.org is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies. A Charter, establishing the AVU as an Intergovernmental Organization, has been signed so far by nineteen (19) African Governments - Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Ethiopia and Cape Verde. The AVU has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a Regional office in Dakar Senegal with Host-Country Agreements and Diplomatic Status with the two governments.
International Council for Open and Distance Education
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals. ICDE is actively engaged in helping to set the Education 2030 agenda - ‘Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all’. ICDE is a Non-Governmental Organisation, in formal consultative relations with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all.
ICWE is an international media organisation which focuses on producing high quality communication material and organising events, by facilitating knowledge exchange and developing communities of practice. It engages in research, produces publications and reports, and curates portals to support the areas of expertise in which it is involved. These include education, training and skills development, science and research, technology-enhanced learning, ICT and new media, sustainability and development, social issues, e-Government, e-Health, e-Agriculture and e-Environment.
ICWE provides leading international conferences and exhibitions with a strong brand recognition bringing together key players from a variety of sectors within education and training.
It is the founder and organiser of eLearning Africa, a Pan African annual conference established in 2005 which focuses on the use of ICT to support education, training, skills and knowledge sharing. The 13th edition will take place from 26 – 28 September, 2018, in Kigali, Rwanda, organised in collaboration with the Rwandan Government and the RCB.
Makerere University (Mak) is the oldest public Premier University in Uganda established in 1922 from the Uganda Technical College. Mak was affiliated to the University of London until 1963 when it became one of the three constituent colleges of the University of East Africa. It became an independent University in 1970 by an Act of Parliament. This status continued until 2001 when the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act (UOTIA) was enacted. Mak has a total of 4,285 employees out of which 1,626 are teaching staff (1,472 (1,043 Men + 429 Women) are full-time and 154 (114 Men + 39 Women) are part-timers); 388 (220 Men + 168 Women) are administrative staff and 2,271 (1,177 Men + 1,094 Women) are support staff. Mak is a collegiate University with 10 colleges and several affiliated institutions of higher learning. It is also a dual mode university meaning that it conducts programmes through the traditional face to face delivery mode and through open, distance and e-learning. In total the University has a population of 37,262 (16,529 Women + 20,733 Men) students. Of these 3,375 (1,292 Women + 2,083 Men) study through the online distance education mode. In The Times Magazine and Webometric Rankings Mak is usually ranked as the No. 3 overall best universities in Africa, the first two coming from South Africa. Makerere enjoys multi-million research grants from EU, SIDA, Carnegie, NORAD, USAID, CARTA, etc.
Maseno University founded in 1991 is located in the Maseno Township approximately 400 km west of Nairobi. It has four Campuses, a College and a Constituent College. Maseno University is a modern institution of higher learning set up to advance teaching, learning, research and development that responds to the emerging socio-economic as well as technological and innovation needs of Kenya and the Eastern African Region.
The undergraduate programmes offered by Maseno University (referred to as ‘With IT’ programmes) ensure that all graduates of Maseno are adequately exposed to a knowledge-base that enables them to live, learn and work in a multi-disciplinary setting where ICT is as much a resource for learning and working, as it is a discipline in its own right.
Currently, Maseno University has a total student enrolment of 21,000 registered at the Main Campus, Kisumu City Campus College and Homa Bay Campus. The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Mary J. Kipsat, indicates that this number is expected to grow significantly with the launch and expansion of the eCampus of Maseno University that offers academic programmes through the Internet and other modern technologies to all who qualify. Maseno University is therefore on track in globalising University education and providing high quality life-long learning opportunities, a deviation from the tradition of delimiting admission to physical availability.
MyDocumenta is a Spanish SME focused on ICT, Education and Culture. Our main product is the Lifelong Learning Eportfolio Ecosystem, the pillar of the EPICA project. MyDocumenta has more than 200.000 users from primary schools to universities, in EU and LATAM. We dedicate an important part of our effort to R&D, currently focused on competency-based learning, innovative assessment methodologies and skills visualization and transferability. We are currently main partners of two H2020 projects and one Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership.
The Open University of Tanzania
The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) is the first university in the East Africa region to offer higher learning through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) delivery mode. Through this ODL, OUT allows a flexible learning environment leading to affordable quality education. OUT offers different academic programs at the level of certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate. Educational delivery is attained through Blended learning which is a combination of limited face to face and the online learning or Open and Distance electronic Learning (ODeL).
The university has about 671 staff, more than half being academicians, operates through a network of 32 Regional Centres and more than 70 Study Centres in Tanzania and abroad, including Coordination Centres in the Tanzania Islands. This coverage, affordability and ensured quality, address the emerging national, regional and global challenges which emanate from the fast changing perceptions and world cultural, social and economic outlooks.
The university has 5 Faculties, 2 Institutes and several directorates that support teaching and learning, research and consultancy and hosts four centres namely Centre for Economics and Community Economic Development (CECED), the ACDE Technical Committee on Collaboration (ACDE-TCC), Mwalimu Nyerere Centre of Good Governance and Media Studies, and the SADC-ODL Centre of Specialization for Teacher Education.
Since its establishment in 1992, OUT has cumulatively enrolled more than 120,000 students and successfully graduated 39, 934 students. Currently, the University has a total of over 25,000 active students spread in all regions main land and Zanzibar and outside countries.
Open University of Catalonia
The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) is one of the world’s premier online Higher Education universities, now engaging more than 50,000 students.
The UOC’s core goal is to be the University of the Knowledge Society, promoting innovative education, personalised learning, technological leadership, R&D work on the information society and eLearning.
With internationalization at the core of its mission, UOC continuously works to bolster its international profile.